Zack Greinke (1-0, 0.69 ERA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (7-3) meet Jordan Lyles (1-0, 2.25 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (7-3) in the second of a three-game division series at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won the last game 7-3, extending a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 9:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and will air on ROOT-RM and SportsNet LA.
Greinke has a 3.53 ERA and a 6-2 record in his career against the Rockies, and is up against a strong Colorado offense that's hitting .292 on the year. Adrian Gonzalez (.550, 13 Rs, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Dodgers, Lyles is 0-2 with a 7.13 ERA. He meets a solid Los Angeles offense that's batting .277. Nolan Arenado (.316, 9 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Los Angeles, a -174 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Colorado. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at six runs. The Dodgers are 5-3 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +168. They have an SU record of 3-3 against teams in their division and a 3-3 record when they were the favorite in those games. The Dodgers are a power hitting team with 14 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB. The Dodgers typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an NL-high 4.2 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Dodgers don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking third in the NL with only 2.1 walks allowed per game.
On the other side, the Rockies have started off the season 6-0 when they're the underdog and are +583 overall with the money line. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 5.0 runs per game. Colorado is the top hitting team in the NL with an average of 10.9 hits per contest.
So far this season, the Dodgers are 1-0 against the Rockies. This game will feature Lyles (RHP) on the mound against the Dodgers, who have a 5-3 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Greinke. Right-handed starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport records of 6-0 on the road and 6-2 overall.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
The Rockies sit at 3-1 against their divisional rivals, while the Dodgers are 4-3.
The Dodgers and the Rockies are both 1-1 in games that go into extra innings.
The Rockies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are heading in with a 3-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rockies are 6-1. The Dodgers have a 7-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Los Angeles and Colorado both rank in the top 10 of the league in runs. Los Angeles sits at seventh with 50 runs this season and Colorado ranks 10th with 48.
Ranking 28th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 16 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top five at third with 43.
When the Dodgers hit at least one home run, they are 6-2. When the Rockies hit at least one homer, they have a 4-2 record.